Chairman of Okrika Local Government Area if Rivers State, Chief Philemon Kingoli, has regained his freedom after spending eight days in captivity.
Kingoli was kidnapped by gunmen who intercepted his vehicles along Peter Odili road in Port Harcourt.
The hoodlums had shot indiscriminately into the air, dragged him out of his vehicle into theirs and drove off with high speed.
The kidnappers, it was gathered, had abandoned the council chairman’s vehicle at the same spot the council boss was snatched in the metropolis.
Recall that Kingoli was returning from a campaign rally of the Peoples Democratic Party in Okrika ahead of the April 17 local government selections when the hoodlums struck.
Confirming his release in a statement on Wednesday, the spokesman of the state Police Command, Nnamdi Omoni, said he was rescued on Tuesday night during a covert operation that paid off.
The statement reads, “The Chairman of Okrika Local Government Area, Chief Philimon Iwoloma Kinggoli, who was kidnapped on Tuesday 6/4/2021 by unknown gunmen has been freed.
“He was rescued last night in a covert operation by the operatives of the Anti-Kidnapping Unit, taken to the hospital, debriefed and released to reunite with his family.”